Youth Protestors Around the World Participate in Global Climate Strikes (With Live Streams)
“I certainly hope this is a turning point.”
People around the world are taking to the streets today in a global climate protest, the New York Times reported. The protests are led primarily by teens and young adults as young people around the world grow increasingly frustrated with the escalating climate crisis and continued inaction on the part of world leaders.
“I fight for climate justice action because everyone deserves a safe future, which is something our government is not supporting yet,” said Niamh O’Connor Smith, a 17-year-old who addressed the crowd at a protest in Melbourne, Australia. More than 100,000 participated in the Melbourne protest, one of Friday’s first global rallies, which has been called the largest climate action in the country’s history.
Protests have also taken place in other countries around the world, including in the Phillipines, Kenya, India, Germany, Poland and Britain. More protests are planned throughout the day, and even more are expected to take place on Monday, when world leaders will assemble at United Nations headquarters to address the ongoing climate crisis.
According to Dana R. Fisher, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, Monday’s U.N. summit is unlikely to assuage the growing unrest among the youth protesters. “They’re going to call ‘BS,’” Fisher told the Times. “It’s great for people at the United Nations summit to posture and say they care about this issue, but that’s not enough to stop the climate crisis. These kids are sophisticated enough to recognize that.”
“Adults are, like, ‘respect your elders.’ And we’re, like, ‘respect our futures,’” said one 13-year-old protester in Sydney. “You know, it’s a two-way street, respect, and I’m angry that I have to be here.”
Protesters are expected to turn out in 156 countries around the world, including cities throughout the United States. In New York, 1.1 million students have been excused from class to participate in the protests. If you’d like to follow along from your home or office, we’ve included a few live streams of the biggest climate-change protests from around the world below.
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